Sheena Horning

Sheena Marie Galea Horning , PhD

Staff Psychologist

Stetson Building
Suite 2300
260 Stetson Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
Phone 513-558-2968

Professional Summary

Sheena Horning, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, specializing in Medical Psychology and Neuropsychology. She holds a particular interest in treating patients with comorbid mental health disorders and physical conditions, particularly those with neurological illness and injury. She has also had specialized training in working with older adults and caregivers of patients suffering from dementia. Dr. Horning applies psychotherapeutic interventions in the treatment of various mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, and has been trained in the modalities of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Caregiver Family Therapy, and Cognitive Remediation. She also conducts neuropsychological evaluations for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of neurological, medical, and psychiatric conditions. 
In addition to clinical care, Dr. Horning has been involved in various research investigations within the field of aging, in particular investigating the neurocognitive and emotional changes that occur due to normal and pathological aging processes. In 2014, she received the Makinodan Research Award at the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center for her work exploring insight in Alzheimer’s disease and its relation to psychiatric and behavioral disturbances, which was recently published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Horning has also published several research articles on understanding and treating elder abuse. 
Dr. Horning earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She completed a clinical internship and a 2-year advanced fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology and Geropsychology at the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare System. She also trained at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and International Neuropsychological Society. 


Doctoral Degree: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (Clinical Psychology)

Master's Degree: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO, (Clinical Psychology)

Internship: West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center Los Angeles, CA, (Geropsychology)

Fellowship: West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center Los Angeles, CA, (Geropsychology, Neuropsychology)

Postdoctoral Fellowship: West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center Los Angeles, CA, (Neuropsychology and Geropsychology)

Bachelor's Degree: University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 2006 (Psychology)

Clinical Interests

Clinical Neuropsychology

Cognitive Disorders


Mood Disorders


Adjustment Disorder

Alzheimer's Disease

Anxiety Disorder



Depressive Disorder

Early Anset Dementia

Lewy Body Dementia

Memory Disorders


Clinical Neuropsychology

Research and Practice Interests

Cognitive-behavioral therapy in the treatment of comorbid mental health disorders and medical conditions; neuropsychological assessment; caregiver support; and aging and mental health.


Peer Reviewed Publications

Horning, S. M., Melrose, R., & Sultzer, D. (2014. ) Insight in Alzheimer’s disease and its relation to psychiatric and behavioral disturbances .International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, , 29 ,77-84

Horning, S. M., Wilkins, S. S., Dhanani, S., & Henriques, D (2013. ) A case of elder abuse and undue influence: Assessment and treatment from a geriatric interdisciplinary team .Clinical Case Studies, , 12 (5 ) ,373-387

Wilkins, S. S., Horning, S. M., Castle, S., Leff, A., Hahn, T., & Chodosh, J. Self-neglect in older adults with cognitive impairment: Challenges and management .Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging, ,

Feliciano, L., Horning, S. M., Anderson, S., Cornwell, R. E., & Davis, H. P (2013. ) Utility of the SLUMS as a cognitive screening tool among a non-veteran sample of older adults .American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, , 21 (7 ) ,623-630

Horning, S. M., Cornwell, R. E., & Davis, H. P. (2012. ) The recognition of facial expressions: An investigation of the influence of age and cognition .Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, , 19 (6 ) ,657-676

West, J., Horning, S. M., Klebe, K., Foster, S., Cornwell, E. R., Perrett, D.,…& Davis, H. P. (2012. ) Age effects on emotion recognition in facial displays: From 20 to 89 years of age .Experimental Aging Research, , 38 (2 ) ,146-168

Horning, S. M., Davis, H. P., Stirrat, M., & Cornwell, R. E (2011. ) Atheistic, agnostic, and religious older adults on well-being and coping behaviors .Journal of Aging Studies, , 25 ,177-188

Yochim, B. P., Kane, K. D., Horning, S. M., & Pepin, R. (2010). Malingering or expected deficits? A case of herpes simplex encephalitis .Neurocase: The Neural Basis of Cognition, , 16 (5 ) ,451-460

Bailie, J. M., Rybalsky, K. A., Griffith, N. M., Horning, S. M., Gesteland, R. C., & Frank, R. A (2008. ) The susceptibility of olfactory measures to malingering .Chemosensory Perception, , 1 (3 ) ,168-173

Book Chapter

Horning, S. M., & Davis, H. P. (2012 ) Aging and cognition Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd Edition .San Diego, CA, Elsevier Inc

Honors and Awards

2014 Makinodan Research Award Type:Recognition


Psychology, Neuropsychology, Medical Psychology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Neuropsychological Evaluation, Caregiving

Contact Information

Academic - Stetson Building
Suite 2300
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45219
Phone: 513-558-2968